Happy Calvary: energetic, moving and committed

For this fifth year paying tribute to Quebec music at the Cogeco Amphitheater, Cirque du Soleil was facing a big challenge at the premiere of Joyeux Calvaire – A Tribute to the Cowboys Fringants on Wednesday night. If the Trois-Rivières public has become “Cirque du Soleil’s expert”, as Daniel Lamarre, the CEO of the Cirque, said this week, it’s clear that the Cirque has not yet exhausted all its resources to impress the public. “experts.”

Joyeux Calvaire manages to surprise and move, with its varied and breathtaking numbers, its majestic decorations, its concern to completely occupy the enclosure of the Cogeco Amphitheater and the music of the Quebec group, powerful, strong, energetic and moving.

Moreover, if we must name the greatest success of the troupe this year, it is certainly to have dared the choice of the Cowboys Fringants. Let the public know: apart from the hardcore fans of the band, most viewers will not immediately know all the songs in this show. And frankly, that’s fine! Because what good is it to make a show of this magnitude if not, at the same time, to hear an amalgam of songs, both to hum the best known to make great discoveries?

The choice of the songs was done in a meticulous way, one feels it, to leave the place with the most meaningful works, bearing the strongest messages of the group.

The members of Cowboys Fringants, Marie-Annick Lépine, Karl Tremblay, Jean-François Pauzé and Jérôme Dupras were very feverish on the red carpet accompanied by two Cirque du Soleil artists.
The members of Cowboys Fringants, Marie-Annick Lépine, Karl Tremblay, Jean-François Pauzé and Jérôme Dupras were very feverish on the red carpet accompanied by two Cirque du Soleil artists.

From the entire Cirque du Soleil tribute series, we can certainly conclude that Joyeux Calvaire will resonate as the most engaged and meaningful show, through the notes carefully reworked by the musical director Jean-Phi Goncalves.

In Bye bye Lou, the acrobats with the Russian frame put the spectators in full view.
In Bye bye Lou, the acrobats with the Russian frame put the spectators in full view.
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Another great discovery this year, the dance numbers that will leave the viewer captivated. Far from me the idea of ​​falling into chauvinism, but the signature of the Trois-Rivières choreographer Vincent Desjardins steals at times the star of this show.

If the dance, in the other opus of this series, could sometimes be eclipsed through the whole of the numbers, it dyes some of the most interesting numbers of this Joyeux Calvaire, whose penultimate one, on the tunes of Right before . As a nod to the water element, the dancers will complete their choreography in a pool of water, splashing all the way – including the discerning spectators of the first three rows – and giving a glimpse that will certainly mark the imagination of the spectators at the exit of this show. A great success.

The Cirque also dares with a completely clownish number, a style to which one may be accustomed, but which still has its effect. In La dévisse, it is with tears of laughter that we will see this fallen clown trying to keep the little dignity left to him, alone on his unicycle, accompanying even the frame to the unusual instrument that is balloon that deflates.

Tears of laughter, we will quickly fall to tears in touching numbers like Nothing, with the pendulum rope, The head high bungee-straps or the touching The shooting stars with air straps.

But it’s in numbers like Bye bye Lou with acrobats in the Russian framework that we recognize the ability of the circus to hold us on the edge of our seat, especially when this acrobat will decide to blindfold to finish his acrobatics with his partner.

Obviously, it is difficult to reinvent the circus disciplines, and after five different shows spent in as many years in Trois-Rivières, some disciplines may seem déjà vu to those who have attended the entire series Homages. This is probably the flat that will jump in the eyes of those who are assiduous Cogeco Amphitheater in July and August, but that will also be eclipsed by the musical choice, which always ends up taking over any other impression. After all, it is first and foremost Quebec music that must be the ultimate star of this series of shows, and this is still the case this year.

It is therefore the heart open to discovery and with the assurance of a beautiful evening that spectators must present themselves at the Cogeco Amphitheater this summer.

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